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olympic medalists and champions of the Copa America, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, will join SailGP in this second season of the league as part of the newly formed new zealand team. Both codirigirán the team that will begin competing in April 2021, in the first grand prix of the season in San Francisco.
Founded in 2018, SailGP brings together national teams competing in the most iconic cities in the world. The coastal races are held in catamarans flying, the F50, elected “World Sailing Boat of the Year” after setting the speed record in 2019.
Burling explained: “We are very proud to represent Aotearoa in what is shaping as one of the most important events of our sport. SailGP is a global platform dedicated to the professional sailing high performance, which is complemented strongly with our current commitments, Copa America and Olympic Games. We will be forming a competitive team and we hope to build a team of partners aligned with our values of sport and environment”.
Burling and Tuke are team since 2008 and until now they have won two olympic medals and six world titles in the 49er class. Were jointly appointed “World Sailor of the Year” in 2015. In addition, Burling won the title again with only 26 years, after the victory of the America’s Cup in 2017, at the helm of the Emirates Team New Zealand. The duo will seek its second title of Copa America in march in Auckland, before aspiring to the top of the podium at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The CEO of SailGP, Sir Russell Coutts, said: “A team from New Zealand has been on the radar of SailGP since our inception, and we could not be more excited to welcome Pete and Blair to the league. They are among the best in the world, and no doubt will be incredibly competitive in SailGP. We are offering an entertainment new and exciting that associated with the best-in-class technology with strong environmental values, which not only attracts new fans, but to the best sailors in the world.”
The team will have the support of Live Ocean Racing, a conduit between the charity of conservation of the ocean Live Ocean of the duo and their projects sailing. Live Ocean Racing will have SailGP as a platform to meet the objectives of the foundation: to protect and restore the oceans, in line with the approach of SailGP of sustainability and clean energy solutions.
Tuke said: “The global audience of SailGP gives us the opportunity to act on the urgent need to have a ocean healthy. Our goal is to build a winning team and commercially viable, that has as objective in his DNA protection, and restoration of the ocean”.
The couple remains fully committed to its objectives of defending the title of champion of the America’s Cup with Emirates Team New Zealand and to get another olympic gold in the Tokyo Games.
The events of the second season of SailGP were postponed due to the COVID-19, and will be restarted in San Francisco and New York in April and June 2021. After the stage a u.s. championship, the events of the grand prix will be held in european cities represented by the teams: Uk, Denmark, France and Spain. The league plans to hold between 7 and 9 events in its second season and will feature races in the region of Australia and New Zealand at the beginning of 2022.
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